Retro 51 pen embodies NASA’s first and fallen space shuttle Columbia

Twenty years after it was tragically lost as it reentered the atmosphere, the space shuttle Columbia is the inspiration for a collectible pen that can help launch a new generation of scientists, engineers and explorers.

Retro 51 on Tuesday (Feb. 28) debuted its Columbia Space Shuttle Tornado (opens in new tab), the latest rollerball in the company’s line of collectible writing instruments. The limited edition pen continues a collaboration with the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit organization that awards college students for excelling in their science and technology undergraduate studies.

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